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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a Staff Correspondent at Route Fifty. She most recently worked as an investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee through a fellowship with the Project on Government Oversight. Previously, she covered law enforcement and the Justice Department for The Washington Times and local government in Maryland for The Gazette.
Public Safety

Are Gun Stores Essential During a Pandemic? Depends on Where You Live

The U.S. Department of Homeland issued guidance that deems firearms stores essential services, but state and local governments have drawn different conclusions on whether gun stores should remain open.

Health & Human Services

Coronavirus Outbreak Shifts Census Outreach Strategies

On Census Day, April 1, about 38% of households have responded to the decennial questionnaire, a lower rate than at this point in 2010.

Management

Trump Administration Issues Final Auto Emissions Rollback

The new standards will require automakers to reduce vehicle emissions by 1.5% each year, as opposed to 5% reductions required under an Obama-era rule.

Public Safety

Stay-At-Home Scofflaws Face Fines, Arrest for Social Distancing Failures

Local authorities are beginning to crack down on those who blatantly violate orders banning large public gatherings, while trying to make it harder for people to break the rules in public spaces like parks.

Finance

$60 for Toilet Paper? How Attorneys General Are Fighting Price Gougers

State attorneys general are inundated with price gouging complaints and working with online retailers to crack down on overpriced items.

Finance

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package—But Democrats Say More Help Needed for States and Cities

The House approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on Friday and President Trump later signed the measure into law. But lawmakers said they expect to address the growing financial needs of local governments in a fourth bill.

Finance

California, New York Extend Mortgage Relief to Homeowners

Action taken by the states will temporarily halt foreclosure proceedings and allow residents to defer mortgage payments.

Finance

Schools, Transit, Hospital Funding Included in Senate Coronavirus Bill

Senate leaders agreed on a package that includes $340 billion for relief efforts boosting schools, hospitals and state and local governments, as well as a $150 billion fund specifically to help states and localities fight the pandemic.

Health & Human Services

Aid for States Lacking in $2 Trillion Deal, New York and Maryland Governors Say

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the estimated $3.8 billion his state would receive through the aid package a “drop in the bucket.”

Health & Human Services

Senate, White House Reach Deal on Third Coronavirus Package

Negotiations between Senate and House leaders and the Trump administration ended Wednesday morning with a deal on the nearly $2 trillion economic stimulus proposal.

Management

Real ID Deadline Postponed Due to Coronavirus

President Trump pushed back the Oct. 1 deadline that would have required Americans to have Real ID compliant driver’s licenses and other identification cards in order to board an airplane.

Health & Human Services

How Congress’ Competing Coronavirus Bills Would Help State, Local Governments

The latest Senate bill would pit businesses and state and local governments against each other for $500 billion in economic stabilization loans, while a House proposal would set aside $200 billion for states and another pot for localities.

Management

States Postpone Elections, Explore Options for Mail-In Voting

Traditional polling places could be hazardous during a time when people are supposed to keep their distance from one another. But one expert says many states won’t be able to swiftly transition to mail-in systems.

Finance

States Ease Access to Unemployment As Claims Climb

Unemployment claims jumped 33% this week and are expected to climb much higher as the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

Health & Human Services

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill to Expand Sick Leave, Free Testing

City mayors are asking for direct funding they can use to help residents as federal lawmakers turn to a third bill to provide economic stimulus amid the pandemic.

Finance

Federal Government Floats Sending Americans Cash to Address Outbreak

The Trump administration is considering providing “business interruption payments” for American workers as the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Management

Ohio Orders Polls Closed, While Others Hold Election Primaries Amid Outbreak

After a judge denied Ohio’s request to postpone the state’s primary elections, the governor announced an emergency order to close polls on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida and Illinois are taking extra precautions to keep voters safe at the polls amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Management

House Passes Coronavirus Package with White House Support

The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation early Saturday morning, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi negotiated with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Management

Louisiana to Delay Presidential Primaries Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The move will make the state the first in the nation to delay elections as a result of the outbreak.

Health & Human Services

States Order Widespread School Closures to Blunt Coronavirus Spread

Across the country, governors are increasingly ordering school closures and bans on large gatherings as state and local governments work to slow community spread of the virus.